It is well-known that speeding can lead to a variety of problems such as car accidents and tickets. It is less well-known that not speeding can help you live a healthier life. There are many advantages to driving the speed limit and practicing safe driving, including lowering your chances of getting into a car accident, avoiding stressful situations, and lowering your anxiety. Here are three interesting ways that not speeding can improve your health.
1- Reduce Chances of Getting Into An Accident
Speeding may get you to your destination faster, but it increases the chances of a car accident. However, you avoid common speeding-related accidents when you take your time and drive at or just under the speed limit.
Fast speeds, such as those above the speed limit, also increase the severity of medical conditions due to accidents. This can range from broken bones to paralysis or even death. Furthermore, speeding increases your chances of walking away without a scratch if you get into an accident. Not speeding prevents you from traveling too fast for your car’s safety features to work. For example, airbags are designed to deploy at a maximum of 200 mph. Going faster than that may cause the bag not to properly inflate or lead to other issues such as burns to the driver and passenger(s). Because accidents at high speeds are more likely to result in death or serious injuries, you are less likely to suffer a medical condition that results in a visit to the emergency room.
2- Learn How To Avoid Stressful Situations
Speeding can cause stressful situations. For example, you may worry about getting caught by law enforcement officials or accidentally driving over the speed limit. In addition, many people have a perception that they are good drivers. However, when they are speeding, this is not always what those observing them believe.
Speed traps often cause panic in many because of how embarrassing it can be to get a ticket. Unfortunately, this can lead to many costly accidents, which in most cases are avoidable. Driving slower reduces the chances you will get into one of these sorts of stressful situations and allows you to focus on other important aspects of driving, such as noticing road construction or vehicles in your blind spot.
3- Reduce Anxiety
Avoiding stressful situations helps lower anxiety. For example, being a “good driver” can help with this. Studies show that feeling like you have control over your actions improves health. Focusing on lowering speeds rather than speeding up reduces the chances of experiencing anxiety when driving and thus improving overall health.
When you drive the speed limit, you don’t have to worry so much about getting into a car accident or avoiding a speeding ticket. You can also avoid situations where you may accidentally speed, which often leads to anxiety over the potential risk of getting a ticket.
When you are constantly worried and anxious, it can affect your health in various negative ways, such as insomnia, heart palpitations, and headaches. However, according to many medical experts, many of these negative health effects can be reduced or eliminated by simply driving the speed limit.
While speeding is often viewed as a necessary evil of driving, there are many benefits to not speeding. By adhering to the speed limit and practicing safe driving, you can reduce your chances of getting into a car accident, avoid stressful situations that may arise due to speeding, such as tickets or even being involved in an accident, and lower your anxiety. These benefits all contribute to a healthier lifestyle, and thus a better quality of life.